Just like the 'free-from' section in the supermarket, this blog is free from mentioning Coronovirus, other than that one time just back there.... 9 words back... and now, we've got another additional 8 words under our belts. See, we're stepping away fast. You've almost forgotten I even said anything right? Phew!
By now, we have firmly taken up position in front of the 'free-from' section and depending on where you live in the world, you will have an wonderful range of free-from food (no gluten/dairy/wheat/soya etc) or maybe..... precisely, none? With any luck, 'none' is not a bad thing, but actually the best fresh produce available before you.
NONE OR NEW-ONE?
I'm fascinated with how 'none' is often equated with 'less than'. Why is it that we see the world through that lens, when 'none' can also mean 'nothing', as in a clean slate, a chance to write the next chapter of your life?
Can you think of examples in your own life, where your 'none' or 'free-from' has actually enabled you to start something fresh? To completely craft a beautifully crisp blank page.....
Going without can be tough though.
Without, also means getting used to something new. It speaks of adaptation - whether you're ready or not. It whispers, or more often than we care to acknowledge, knocks us off our feet, as we are confronted with a new scenario.
Adapting and Transition - expats and migrants are good at this stuff. It's what we do.
How do you think you might cope in the following three scenarios as presented in my book Living Elsewhere?
NEW SCENARIO #1
No work? Yay! right?
Not really. Work provides us with routine, money, purpose, mental stimulation and lots more. Without it we can feel lost. If you have worked your whole life, suddenly not working may require you to discover new strategies to adjust.
NEW SCENARIO #2
Normal tasks become mental mind games and can make simple day to day activities completely nerve-wracking.
NEW SCENARIO #3
Sometimes it's all too much and we get knocked off our feet.
From Without to Within
So if you haven't got an expat/immigrant friend or family member to ask their advice, here's some insights into how we go from a feeling of WITHOUT to being content WITHIN?
It's all about developing strategies.
Whilst there are 272 million people living temporarily or permanently outside of the country of their citizenship,* I can only talk about one.
I want to be authentic and mine is the only experience I can vouch for. Here you are.
Strategies à la Cath Brew:
* United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2019)
Firstly, THANK YOU! I love hearing that the book is so well received!!! It really makes my day.
Secondly, YOU HAVE SPOKEN!
Lots of you have asked me for more illustrations and more products!
I have listened to your passionate requests and am thrilled to 'give the people what they want'!
And so.... I am launching a NEW ONLINE SHOP.
What can you buy in the shop?
Mugs, journals, t-shirts, cards plus loads more - all featuring Living Elsewhere cartoons. You will also be able to buy expat/third culture kids/cross cultural kids themed items. We will also be adding to our collection regularly, so stay tuned for updates.
When will the new shop launch?
In March I'm presenting at the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) Conference in Bangkok. It's such an incredible gathering of people living globally mobile lives. Check out Releasing the Spoon to learn how mindblowing and life changing my first conference was.
Sticking to the theme of 'Releasing' and FIGT, the shop will launch in the first week of March, right before FIGT2020 starts!
Interested in shop updates and exclusive products you can buy?
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Bangkok is calling!
See you there!
I'd like to challenge you....
I'd like to adulterate Brad Paisley's quote: "Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one"...
"Wednesday is the first blank page of the 365 sketchbook of life. Draw a bloody fantastic picture every day. Some days there will be merely a dot on the page. You turned up. That's enough. Other days, the pages will be full of colour. At the end of the year, you'll have an incredible record of your year.
Go on. Go rock it. Go live it.
Go and tear a few pages passionately as you attack the page!"
Okay, so I'm one day ahead of myself, but I'm giving you time to prepare 😉 And I'm an artist more than a writer, but that's details details details people 😁
Challenge accepted? Who's with me?
If you say yes please! you won't be on your own.
Write 'yes please' in the comments below and I'll check in on you at the end of each month to see how you're going.
Let's do this!